Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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outstanding

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Reviews: 1,427
Hads: 6,484
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.31%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Reviews: 1,427 | Hads: 6,484
Photo of Gunslinger711
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Group tasting notes from 2-18-11
Poured out of a bottle.
Served in a goblet.

A- Pours out like dark coffee with dark head, sign of a good porter to me. Good amount of lacing as well.

S- You get a good whiff of burnt coffee.

M- Light mouthfeel for this dark of a beer.

T- Good malt on the front end of this, harsh coffee bite on the back end. My testers and I noticed this beer, like several other Founder's beers, has a "Founder's beer taste". The easiest way to explain it is go to Founder's brewpub (preferably on an emptier night) and get a whiff or three. The brewpub and by extension some Founder's beers all taste/smell like brewpub. You get a good taste/smell of Founder's Porter/Dirty Bastard/Breakfast stout.

D- Delicious porter, delicious Founder's beer. Infinitely drinkable.

Food - The Bacon Caramel Brownies and Dark Chocolate Truffles both cut down on the coffee bite on the end and make this beer better.

Overall- Drinkability section says it all. (970 characters)

Photo of turnerk3
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark walnut brown hew with a feeble tan, chocolatey color head. Appears almost true black once fully settled. Excellent retention that keeps true to the style.

S: Outstanding chocolatey, toffee, caramel, coffee, roasty aromas enthrall the nose. The essence is like walking between a Starbucks and a Hershey's factory.

T: A complexion of sweet chocolate and bitter coffee notes coat the palate exceptionally well. The hops are utilized admirably by bring out the coffee bitterness.

M: A pleasant amount of carbonation that does well at delivering the flavors throughout the mouth. A minor dry feel that leaves one wanting more. However, there's a unique sticky, chewy type of feel that seems to be more imagined than real due to the chocolate and coffee flavors.

O: An exemplary brew that serves well to represent the style. Founder's is a superb brewery and this is just another one of their impressive products. Even though I am a hop-head, this was a delicious beer. (984 characters)

Photo of BhamBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very heavy chocolate smell and taste which is true to this beer's style. Seemed overcarbonated for a porter though which detracted from this beer's great taste and smell. Would recommend to anyone who was looking for a good porter of the chocolate persuasion. Fine beer from a pretty good brewery. (297 characters)

Photo of Knilas
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour from a 12 oz bottle. Not much head. Aromas are muted. Bitter molasses on the tongue. Full body, yet medium mouth feel. Overall, a mid range Porter. (167 characters)

Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not a lot of head--suggest splashing the beer right away to bring out the head a bit--I poured too much down the side of the glass, so this may have been my fault. The minimal head that did exist was a pleasing mocha color, but the overall lack of head was the only problem I had with this otherwise great beer. The body was rich, black, and sexy as advertised :-) Not much light will penetrate this stuff except perhaps around the edge.

S-sweet, coffee, biscuit with a nice subtle roastiness

T-wow this is a full-flavored, sweet, roasty, amazing beer. obvious flavors are chocolate and coffee with perhaps some hints raisin and biscuit. Alcohol is blended in nicely and doesn't stand out too much.

M-nice full body. average carbonation for a porter.

O-reminds me of drinking hot chocolate as a kid. nice smooth and flavorful, sweet drink. Gives you a warm feeling despite the low ABV. One of the best porters around. (924 characters)

Photo of BSK_ONE
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, with a quickly fading creamy head, minimal lacing.
S: Dark chocolate, coffee and malted loveliness.
T: Coffee, chocolate with a late hitting bitterness, in a good way.
M: Limited bitterness, overall good mouthfeel
O: Enjoyed this beer. Paired it with a filet mignon, green beans and rice. The combination made for an enjoyable experience. (347 characters)

Photo of NickHalden
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look of the beer is pitch black with a tan head. Reminds me of a espresso even with the smell. As I take a drink the first think that hits my tongue is the taste of coffee and malt with a smooth finish. Not the strongest or most notable porter I've ever had but it has a great taste and a good finish. Just like a good coffee. (330 characters)

Photo of cthulu81
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goodness me. Rich, Dark and Sexy indeed. Thanks for making further review reading obsolete you crazy-talented dudes at Founders. By that I don't mean others who post should not be read, I just mean that tthe rest of my review can simply be boiled down to...Rich, Dark and Sexy. Here is what I can add. Is it possible to liquify charcoal briquettes? If so, it looks like this porter pours. Not only is is truly black, even when held to the light, it seems to intimidate the rest of the illumination in the room. I think my screen just dimmed a bit. A rich mocha head crowns the glass. Aroma is redolent of roast, dry cocoa, hints of hazelnut, kahlua, earthy hops and a faint, faint hint of alcohol. Yeah, this is going to get good. Flavors mirror what the nostrils anticipated with coating dark malts, whisps of smoke, deep bittersweet chocolate, black coffee and simple deliciousness. This puppy finishes dry and roasty with a lightly lingering, taunting residual temptation to continue drinking it all night long. Forget Double Trouble, Devil Dancer and Breakfast Stout (all freakin' amazing too), why isn't Founder's better know for this year-round powerhouse? (1,162 characters)

Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent in every way especially the nose after the glass was empty. Just could not believe the wonderful balance of hops and roast grains. Excellent!!! (158 characters)

Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky with just a touch of brown head. Nose is pleasant coffee, dark chocolate, and a generic but delightful light sugar. Flavor is rich and expands on the coffee and chocolate notes, with mild but supportive hops, brown sugar, and a light fruitiness. Finish is slightly sticky. Excellent porter. (301 characters)

Photo of Shrews
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served - Bottle poured into a Stein

Appearance
Dark pour with a slight 1/8 inch head that tapered off 15 seconds after pouring. Just a small amount of head remains on side of glass as you drink.

Smell
Rich, molasses, malty, almondy scent.

Taste
Can taste the molasses, coffee, chocolate, and malt flavor very well, however the taste of carbonation makes it seem a little flat.

Mouthfeel
Rich presence in your mouth. A nice warm feeling as you swallow. Slight carbonation.

Overall
A little bit underwhelming taste after a great smell. Not as rich as I had figured it would be. The chocolate after taste is excellent, however mine did seem a little flat. (657 characters)

Photo of grammodesguapote
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sampling glass. Vigorous poor gives a dark tan head which quickly disintegrates leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of light roast but mostly a sweet alcoholic aroma as it warms.

Taste is roasted malt but subdued, and watery. Some alcohol but not in-your-face. a little bitterness in the finish and enhanced roasty character.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery, but nothing off-putting.

A good porter, I have not had so many recently but something I love coming back to.

Will try again if on tap, otherwise I will keep exploring! (550 characters)

Photo of gregalobeer
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: dark, opaque, oily texture, firm head with good retention
S: dark coffee, carmel, earthy tones
T: coffee!! smooth porter richness nicely balanced with light hops
M: a bit thin for my taste but fits with the balance and delicacy of the flavor
D: balanced flavors and delicate mouthfeel make this a VERY drinkable porter; I definitely want another (350 characters)

Photo of roundthewaygirls
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tumbler

A: black. no head. insignificant lacing.

S: dark chocolate. roasted malts. a little smoke. vanilla.

T: roasted malts. coffee is really prevalent. bitter dark chocolate flavor is more subdued on the palate than in the nose. smoky yet slightly creamy. a flavor you really have to chew.

M: smooth and silky going down. mildly carbonated. medium bodied. the roasted malts leave a dry aftertaste.

O: a very drinkable porter. definitive of the style. (473 characters)

Photo of GSmithBeer
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this from the bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: certainly looks the part.
S: really good rich aroma. you get the chocolate and roasted malts.
T: you get the flavors that go with the aroma. also a good amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: good carbonation but maybe a little thin.
O: very drinkable porter. one of my go-to porters. (339 characters)

Photo of Kisejohn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:  Roasted malt, coffee, and hints of dark chocolate.

Appearance:  opaque black.  Half a finger of head.

Flavor:  Roaster malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors abound.  Hop bitterness balances well with the malt sweetness.  Finishes fairly dry with some hop bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel:   full body mouth feel.  Almost creamy consistency.  Moderate carbonation.

Overall:  This is an excellent porter.  Nice roasty flavors with enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness.  Very enjoyable overall. (523 characters)

Photo of theHoff77
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Jet black in color with a dense khaki head that eventually becomes a thin layer of fizz. Okay lacing.

S - Big notes of chocolate and a little coffee.

T - Maybe not as big as the smell but a great tasting chocolate, coffee, and malts. On the roasty-darker side.

M - Thicker bodied than a normal porter, which I'm digging a lot. Very smooth all around.

O - The first porter to me that gives Edmund Fitzgerald a run for its money, and I definitely like it more than black butte. I don't know if it has quite has big a chocolate taste, but it certainly holds up well in all other categories. In general though, another great offering from Founders. (680 characters)

Photo of SingularWalker
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice rich dark dark brown with minimal head

smell: chocolatey with a bit of coffee

taste: rich smooth chocolate flavor with a bit of coffee. nice maltyness

mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. not too thick and heavy and not too thin and watery, just right

overall: this is a great porter, all around a tasty drink that feels good on the mouth. nice bold flavors make this a very dinkable example, you cant go wrong with this one. (440 characters)

Photo of astrasday
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle has a gothic style portrait of a pale white woman wearing all black with the words, "Dark, Rich & Sexy". Pretty hilarious if you ask me. 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs clearly marked. No freshness date. Poured this one into a tulip glass. Utter darkness. A foamy, tan head quickly dissipates with a nice sticky lacing.

Smell of raisins and heavy, fresh baked bread come through first. Roasted malts, coffee and dark, over-ripe fruit fall are all present as well. The scent is balanced and almost wholesome.

Taste. Roasted malts, coffee, raisins, chocolate and just a touch of hop bitterness to round out it out. Finish is very similar to a sip of nice dark coffee. Lovely.

The mouthfeel. Rich, full and deep. Exactly what I want from a porter. I find myself utterly content with this portion of the beer. I am left wanting nothing.

Drinkability. Does this beer define this word? It might. It's just a pleasure sipping on this brew. Relaxing, enjoying the lovely taste and it goes down so agreeably. More, please. (1,013 characters)

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black in the pint glass,a little brownish head remains,the chocolate notes hit ya up front but they are not overpowering the hop rounds this one out but leaves just enough dark maltiness,this is one fine porter,easy drinker,and a real deal for the price (259 characters)

Photo of Veillantif
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, approx. 55 F, poured into unchilled stange glass.

A: Dark but not the opaquest porter. A little dainty lacing on the edges; almost no head.

S: Quite the hit of roasted malt. Also hints of coffee and, I could swear, a note of cinnamon.

[After a few sips, I bump the smell from 4.0 to 4.5, because I found it to be an extremely rewarding experience as my nose went further into the half-empty glass.]

T: Maybe I'm crazy, but there's the cinnamon again. And recollections of chocolate-covered espresso beans. Upon swallowing and inhaling through the nose, I definitely get a butter-toffee like finish. (In spite of my analogies, it is not sweet at all.)

This is robust enough to please stout lovers, but I wouldn't call it a stout-lover's stout. It's a stout for the gourmand.

M: Again, good for the gourmands: amuses you and then leaves you alone. Clean. Polite.

D: If you're looking for a stout that'll really kick your ass, this isn't it. This dances on the palate, rather than stomp on it. It's interesting w/o being overwhelming. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.41/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appetizer: black and syrupy, with nominal carbonation and a moderately sweet inviting aroma

Entree: smooth initial taste, (full-bodied comes to mind), with a lingering but surprisingly, a mild unsavory aftertaste (compared to Deschutes Black Butte I'd sampled a week or so prior)--again, not a brewmaster / judge.

Dessert: would I have again? probably. Does it live up to the hype I long heard / read / saw ? not really, considering I have been sampling several porters lately, and to me, not a "craving" type that I had hoped.

Ch33rs!! (539 characters)

Photo of sheeley
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: Dark, heavy, and thick when poured. Looks beautiful with a dark, creamy head.
Smell: Smells of malt, some coffee, and oats.
Taste: Very strong coffee flavors. Notes of malt and oatmeal. Quite dark and creamy.
Overall, very pleasant. As a stout fan, this beer is a very solid choice. Compare to Sierra Nevada Stout. Very much enjoy this beer, but it was not a standout compared to some of my favorites. (416 characters)

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice looking dark beer. It came with a very thin caramel head. Had a nice roasted malty smell. Could taste a hint of chocolate. No over powering taste, but was still pretty good. (188 characters)

Photo of nasty31
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having this beer on tap adds so much to it.

This is trualy a well done porter has every part of it is well done. I keep going back to this all the time. Usually have a sixer in my fridge at all times its that good. Like I said having it on tap though does not compare to having it bottled, if you get the chance have a pint! (326 characters)

Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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